Lethal Ladies of BLSYW | 2018 MAKERS Conference
The Lethal Ladies of Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women take the stage for a special step performance at the 2018 MAKERS Conference.
- Ladies and gentlemen, The Lethal Ladies of BLSYW, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.
JAYLEN: 2018, I want you to get on your feet and say, raise your voice.
ALL: Raise your voice. Raise your voice. Raise your voice. Raise your voice. Raise your voice. Raise your voice. Raise your voice.
- What for?
ALL: Raise your voice.
JAYLEN: The revolution will be televised.
BLSYW: You need to stop look and listen. Cause you're about to witness something that is stupendous. Let's tell them who we are. We are the trailblazers, hits makers. We are the show takers, hip popper full rockers. We are the show stoppers. Once y'all over the city and still sitting pretty. Let's show them what we do. Let's go.
KAYLA WOOLFORD: L-L-O-B was founded in 2009 with only 16 steppers at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. The word lethal means, we go
KAYLA WOOLFORD: And we step with
KAYLA WOOLFORD: And most importantly, we have fun. We are ladies who always, and I do mean always, carry ourselves as such. So now that you know, enjoy the show. L-L-O-B
BLSYW: We are the lovely ladies of LLOB. All of the imitators we are soul do. We started out stepping just nine years ago and ever since then we've been rockin' the show.
- The lethal ladies came to shut it down to show y'all who the real steppers in town. The lethal ladies don't give no slack. If we come for you, be ready to clap back.
BLSYW: Ahh! Yeah!
BLSYW: You know they is us. They say our team is so tough. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show cause the real team to step is now ready to go. L-L-OB. We work hard so that we defeat. They know on and they say we are the best one. If you're going against us, go home.
- Oh my god! One second. Stay up, stay up. Stay up because you also need to cheer for Coach G. Come on out here, Coach G. Take a bow.
GARI MCINTYRE: Me?
- Take a bow.
GARI MCINTYRE: Ya'll take a bow. Y'all take a bow. Not me. They do all the hard work.
- You should've heard this woman backstage. She's like, slow, slow, oh, that's good. Oh, that's good.
GARI MCINTYRE: I try.
- All right, we're going to get to her in a second. But first, we gotta, you know, we learned about Zoe. Now we got to learn about you guys a little bit, right. All right I need two people.
Two of you come up here. Who's up? OK ready? What's been your favorite part of the Makers conference?
ANAYA GREEN: My favorite part of the Makers Conference was obviously meeting all of these beautiful women and handsome men in the audience. And, like, I just love how welcoming everyone was. I really felt like we were all together as one. And women empowerment is just awesome.
KAYLA WOOLFORD: My favorite part of the Makers Conference was how many empowerful women are in here. And how one issue can bring together a whole group of people when we can make an impact.
- Yes. Thank you. All right, two more, two more. I'm not done.
OK, what's your name? I forgot that. Wait, wait, who-- say your name.
ANAYA GREEN: I'm Anaya Green.
- And you're how old?
ANAYA GREEN: 16 years old. OK.
KAYLA WOOLFORD: I'm Kayla Woolford and I'm 16.
- OK great. All right, so say your name, how old you are, and how are you going to raise your voice in 2018.
JAYLEN: I'm Jaylen, 15 years old. I will raise my voice through music, cause that's how I know what I'm strong in and as of right now it's a trend. So like, where are my musicians out there who love music?
- All right, musicians. Your name.
ANIKA: Hi. I'm Anika, and I'm 17 year old. (Whispers off)
- Does that mean you're going to college?
- Where are you going to college?
ANIKA: I'll be attending Philander Smith College on a full ride.
- Full ride! What a lucky school. So how are you going to raise your voice?
WOMAN: Computer science.
ANIKA: Yeah, computer science. Yeah. I will raise my voice through photography.
I feel like you can capture anything through a picture. You can make a picture what you want it to be. And I feel like, you know, words don't always speak everything. Sometimes what you see is, so that's how I raise my voice.
- Awesome. All right, so Coach G, what's next? What's next for you? For the team.
GARI MCINTYRE: For us, we, one, are just so blessed and happy to be here, you guys. Thank you so much. And what we're going to continue to do is collaborate together so that people can understand important issues. Because when they're stepping people tend to listen.
So while their stepping, they're going to slide in all those important issues that people don't typically their age think about. And it's going to make their mothers and their grandmothers, and everyone think about it. So that's what we're going to do. Collaborate and make people listen. Because most powerful movements have started with youth being on the front lines so--
GARI MCINTYRE: We also are preparing for competitions. Our competition season is coming up and we are hoping to qualify for a national competition in Atlanta. We're raising money for that. So that's what's next. We have a citywide, a DMV-wide competition, and then nationals-- regional and then nationals, so--
- Well guess what?
GARI MCINTYRE: Yes.
- We want you to win.
GARI MCINTYRE: Yes. we want to win.
- So guess what? Makers is going to pay for it. Let's take you guys to Atlanta.
GARI MCINTYRE: What?
GARI MCINTYRE: Wait, time out. Is this a joke? Oh my god. Oh my god.
- But, in order for this to happen, you all need to step for them. So, Coach G, take it away.
GARI MCINTYRE: Woo! You shouldn't have dropped that-- bomb! OK. As I regroup. Sorry, this has never happened, believe it or not. Thank you. Thank you.
- Teach them how to step.
GARI MCINTYRE: OK, I'm sorry. Everyone on your feet. Stand on your feet. I want two volunteers and some girls to help me out down in the crowd.
I know that some of you are thinking like, I can't step. I promise you, men and women of all ages, of all sizes, you can step. So first move is going to be simple. A right foot stomp on eight. Well not on 8, after 8. 5, 6, 7, 8.
Look at that. Y'all got it already. But that's not it. OK, so the next move is going to be stomp over under stomp.
I know that seems hard, but if you think about it like this. Right foot stomp, clap, under, you gotta stomp. Stomp. Good.
Up there. I hear you. OK. I hear you. I see you.
All right, so let's try that. 5, 6, 7, 8. Stomp, over, under, stomp. And you all said y'all couldn't do it.
All right, one more, two more moves. So we're going, take it to the other side now. So I'm going to do it first, and then I'm going to demonstrate it with you. And then we're going to do it together.
5, 6, 7, and stomp, over, under, stomp, over, under, stomp. OK? So let's all do it together slowly. Slow, slow, slow. So right foot stomp.
All my coders, I know you're over here, like, yes I get it. Right, left, yes, yes. Smart, computers, yes.
5, 6, 7, and right stomp, over, under, left stomp, over, under, stomp. Ha! One last move. This is where you throw some swag on it, OK. So your left move is going to be a, what!
OK? But you can do like, what? Or you going do like, what? It's up to you. Throw your swag on it, your personality.
If you're quiet, what? It's up to you. So I'm going to demonstrate it and then we're gonna all do it together. I'ma demonstrate.
Stomp, over, under, stomp, over, under, stomp, what! OK? You're ready? Lethal ladies, y'all ready?
5, 6, 7, and stomp, over, under, stomp, over, under, stomp, what! Oh my gosh. Y'all got it. Everybody's a Lethal Lady and Gentleman. Lethal Ladies!
Good job, good job, good job.
- All right, should we send them? Yes! Thank you!
2018 MAKERS Conference
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